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Local Outreach and World Mission Team

Grace Reformed Church Local Outreach and World Missions is committed to supporting mission projects and reaching out to share the good news of God’s love. The team vision is to encourage members of the congregation to become personally involved in mission/evangelism work, and to support and pray for the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.

We uphold the Reformed Church in America’s Mission Statement “Intentionally crossing barriers to proclaim by word and deed the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ,” and we are challenged by God’s mandate to preach the Gospel to all the world.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” Acts 1:8

 

Global Missionaries and Mission Projects

Reformed Church in America Mission Projects.


Wayne & Miho Jansen (Manato & Megumu)
Tokyo Union Theological Seminary
Tokyo, Japan
Ministry: Wayne is a faculty member of the Tokyo Union Theological Seminary. He teaches Practical Theology and has developed the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. The Jansens are strongly committed to the work of evangelism and feel it is important to get to know people, to accept them wherever they are, and to build a trusting relationship.

1-33-4 Higashi-cho, Koganei-shi,
Tokyo 184-0011, Japan
email: wmajansen@jcom.home.ne.jp

Caleb & Joanna Swart (Elsa & Ezra)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ministry: Caleb and Joanna are working with the Daasanech people who are a remote, semi-nomadic people group. Caleb is working alongside his father, Dick, in expanding the windmill project used for irrigation, grinding grain, and sharpening tools. Joanna works with prenatal and immunization clinics. Together they are working to support a small band of believers and encourage the growth of the Daasanech Christians.

P.O. Box 127
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
email: calebgilesswart@yahoo.com
Website:www.swartsinafrica.blogspot.com

Rowland Jr, & Jane VanEs
St. Paul’s United University
Limuru, Kenya, Africa
Ministry: Rowland and Jane teach at St. Paul’s University. Rowland teaches students who are preparing for ministry in the bachelor of divinity program or are preparing for a business career through the bachelor of business administration program. Jane works with primary health care programs. She coordinates a program in Christian ministry for spouses of theological students, teaches sociology and psychology to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and assists with the master of arts program in pastoral care and HIV/AIDS.

St. Paul’s University
P.O. Private Bag 00217
Limuru, Kenya, Africa
email: vanesjr@wanachi.com

For a link to Reformed Church Mission Letters from missionaries:
www.rca.org/missions
Then click on mission (upper right hand corner) and click the country and the missionary name.

Ric & Bobbie Bekius (Derrick, Camilla, Erica, Bryce, Allysa)
Porto Velho, Brazil
Ministry: The Bekius’ are involved with New Tribes Missions and Wycliffe Bible Translators as support personnel for translators. They also assist in village and tribal outreach. They have been working in Brazil for since 1983.

C.P.129
78900 Porto Velho, RO, Brazil
email: ric_bekius@sil.org

 

National & Regional Mission and Outreach Ministries

Rev. Ron & Sue Cassie
East Gate Ministries
Milwaukee, WI
Ministry: The overall goal of the ministry, concentrated in three neighborhoods, is to develop relationships with primarily 20 – 30 year olds who feel that Jesus Christ and His church are irrelevant to their lives. Ron’s desire is to reach them with the Good News of Jesus Christ, disciple them into the faith, and see them come together into a church group.

W182N5902 Spruce Lane, Menominee Falls, WI 53051
email: rscassie@att.net

Johnnie & Becky Bates (Kayleigh, Luke, Aubrey, Emma)
Camp of the Woods
Dinorwic, Ontario, Canada
Ministry: Johnnie and Becky are involved in outreach to the northern and local communities of Ontario through the camping/outreach ministry of Camp of the Woods. Johnnie is the maintenance team leader for the camp, while Becky enjoys hosting and planning the meals for camp functions.

Box 11
Dinorwic, ON POV 1PO
Canada
email: bates@xplornet.com

Jerry & Leota Wallendal (Jeremia, Vanessa, Matthew, Patrick)
Fresh Start
Fond du Lac County, WI
Ministry: Jerry is Coordinator for Fresh Start (Youth at Risk) directing the juvenile justice ministry of Youth For Christ. He spends time in the Fond du Lac County jail working with students as well as developing programming and ministry for youth outside the juvenile system.

303 E Ninth St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
email: jerry@fdlyfc.org

Mark & Diane Brown (Drew, Justin, JT, & Addie)
Campus Crusade for Christ
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Ministry: “The mission of Campus Crusade for Christ is to turn students into Christ-centered laborers for a lifetime.” Mark is the director of Campus Crusade on the Miami campus that not only serves that university, but also has outreach to nearby universities as well as colleges in other countries. They are presently establishing a relationship with a University in Rome, Italy. Diane also works on the CCC staff at Miami University.

6727 Stillwell Beckett Rd
Oxford, OH 45056
email: Markd.Brown@uscm.org

Ryan & Colleen Naidl (Bailey)
Campus Crusade for Christ
University of Wisconsin
Stevens Point, WI
Ministry: Ryan is the director, responsible for staff and overall student ministry of the Campus Crusade for Christ in Stevens Point. Colleen is on the staff of Campus Crusade, and together their key local objective with their ministry is “involved new believers” which is defined as reaching students with the Gospel and then helping them grow in their relationship with God.

1210 Illinois Ave
Stevens Point, WI 54481
email: ryan.naidl@uscm.org
colleen.naidl@cru.org

Reformed Church in America Urban Ministries
Ministry: Support and ministry to the special needs of churches in the city. Included in this is the Iglesia de la Trinidad, an RCA Hispanic Church ministering to Urban Hispanics in South Milwaukee, WI.

Camp Manitoqua Ministry
Ministry: A Reformed Church camp/retreat center located in Frankfort, IL. Children, youth, and adults from the Wisconsin, Illinois region come for Christian summer camps and retreats and other programs.
8122 Sauk Trail
Frankfort, ILL 60423
email: lauren@manitoqua.org

 

Local & Other Ministry Related Support Programs

Fond du Lac Campus Life/Youth for Christ
Ministry: Reaching kids for Christ in local junior and senior high schools and at the Youth for Christ center, and surrounding communities.
Director:
Ron Reimersma,
923-1416
Web: www.fdlyfc.org
email: yfc@fdlyfc.org

Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity
Ministry: A non-profit, ecumenical ministry building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need of shelter.
Contact person:
Russ Remus
922-8882
email: rdremus@dotnet.com
web: www.habitatfdl.org

Missionary Aviation Support Association
Ministry: This organization provides support for missionaries that come to visit the E.A.A. Air Venture each year in Oshkosh, WI. MASA assists financially, with housing, transportation, and food for visiting missionaries.
Contact persons:
Dan & Anita Holdridge
920-589-3903
email: holdridge@faastbytes.com

Adopt a Missionary Project
Grace church invites families, small groups and classes to “adopt” a mission family to support through prayer, letters, greeting cards, encouragement, and personal visits when possible.
Contact person:
Bonnie Springborn
923-0500
email: bonnbonn1@charter.net

Short Term Mission Trip Support
Ministry: The Grace Reformed Mission’s Team provides opportunities for youth and adults to experience ministry in mission outreach. Financial aid is provided through the Mission Outreach Fund.

 

Evangelism and Service Opportunities

Training for Evangelism:
This is a once-a-quarter opportunity for members of Grace Reformed Church to keep them encouraged to share their faith. There will be equipping resources, training, classes, and tracts.
Contact person:
Jeremy Leuck
921-5934
email: theluecks3@charter.net

Walleye Weekend Ministry:
Volunteers are encouraged to do a community survey at the Walleye Weekend activities, asking two questions: “What are the needs in your community?” and, “What needs do you have that we can pray for?” There is also an opportunity to hand out tracts and work at a bike corral.
Contact persons:
Joe & Dorothy Cameron
923-4447
email: dacamjwcam24772@isp.com

Prayer Walking in the Community:
Praying for the entire city of Fond du Lac by walking and praying for people, homes, and businesses. The city is divided in areas and a different area is walked each month. While walking and praying, the participants look for opportunities to share the gospel or meet needs of people in the community.
Contact person:
Pastor Barry
Cell: 948-9252
email: vegter@charterinternet.com

Food Basket:
Donations of food are collected at the church each week for a food pantry that is used to distribute food to hurting families in our church and in the community.
Contact persons:
Carol Woehlke & Sue Skogen
922-7211
email: office@grcfdl.org

Life Recovery Ministry:
This small group meets every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. It is a simple but challenging process of daily seeking God’s will for our lives instead of demanding to go our own way as we struggle with life’s problems. This group learns, through studying God’s Word, how to allow God do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Contact person:
Estelle Kelly
322-1973

Jail & Prison Ministry:
Reaching out to inmates who need to find Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. One on one prisoner visits and Bible studies are regularly scheduled.
Contact person:
Bill Hageman
922-0682

Ministry to Service Men and Women:
Encouraging our service people by sending letters and packages to them several times a year, and praying for them regularly. Encouraging people to “adopt” a service person. Donations of gift items are collected at the church regularly and packaged several times a year.
Contact Person:
Bonnie Springborn
923-0500
email bonnbonn1@charter.net

Nursing Home Ministry:
Visiting regularly with individuals in Fond du Lac nursing homes, especially with residents who do not have a church home. Time is spent building relationships and sharing the way of salvation. There is also a regular Bible Study, and special Christian movies are provided from time to time.
Contact persons:
David Thoune
922-1035,
Pastor Howie
922-1100